Coffee and Contemplation: Chucky the Notorious Killer Doll Day

Yes, Chucky (Charles Lee Ray) of the Child’s Play films has his own special holiday. Rumor has it a Facebook group petitioned for a number of years to have October 25 recognized as the day for Chucky. It feels appropriate. It’s six days before Halloween. Many people are scared of dolls, especially those possessed by serial killers. But how does one observe this holiday? Have a movie marathon with all of Chucky’s movies. There’s some nostalgia for me as I was a small child when the first two films were released. I wasn’t scared though. At least I don’t remember being scared.

I’m here to argue that today should be about any possessed, killer doll. Or even just creepy dolls that haven’t yet killed anyone. I think that’s fair. You can watch the Puppet Master film series. Anything with a creepy ventriloquist puppet will work. The Goosebumps films, with Jack Black, have a creepy doll. This day doesn’t have to be only about Chucky. Let’s celebrate all our creepy dolls including Annabelle. And don’t forget about that weird clown from Poltergeist. There are plenty of creepy dolls to go around. If you’re afraid of creepy dolls, maybe you should stay home today and not talk to anyone. The rest of us will binge watch all the creepy, killer doll movies.

National Make a Difference Day

Celebrated every fourth Saturday in October, Make a Difference Day is the day to give back and take community service to a new level. Find a local nonprofit and volunteer a little of your time. Make sure it has something that you’re passionate about and that makes a difference in the world. If you don’t have the time, you can donate financially to make a difference. Or you can help a friend or neighbor. Sometimes giving someone the opportunity to vent or offering a shoulder to cry on can make a huge difference in their lives.

The United Nations came into existence on October 24, 1945 and today is celebrated as United Nations Day. It started as a way to make a difference in the world. Here is the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations.

“We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

“and for theses ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

“have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.”

Wacky Wednesday: October 21

There are some interesting things to discuss today. We have a new list of words to go through. Many of these in the coming weeks are insults for people. Some of them like our first word are obsolete. Abydocomist is a noun meaning a liar or sycophant who boasts of his falsehood. Does that sound like anyone we know in the USA? Next is another noun. Bedswerver refers to someone who is unfaithful to the marriage vow. Again, does this sound like anyone we know in the USA? Tell me what you think of this new list of words in the comments.

Today has many holidays attached to it. The first occurs on the Wednesday of the third business week in October. That’s a mouthful. That is Medical Assistants Recognition Day. There are several holidays that occur on the third Wednesday of October. Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce DayHagfish Day celebrating the odd-looking creature, and BRA Day which recognizes Breast Reconstruction Awareness for those who have had the reconstruction after a mastectomy. Today is also National Reptile Awareness Day and the most important day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Observe one or all of these days in whatever way you wish.

And try out those new words in conversation. I do not recommend that you accuse anyone with one of those two words. It might not go well after you define the words for others.